Champawat

  • District: Champawat
  • Famous for/as: Historical
  • Languages: Kumaoni, Hindi
  • Best Season: Throughout the year
  • Weather: Summer 32 to 37°C, Winter 3 to 22°C
  • Altitude: 1610 m
  • Pincode: 262523
  • STD code: 05965

Champawat is famous for its intrinsic natural beauty and historic temples. It is one of the easternmost towns of Uttarakhand perched at an elevation of 1,670 m above sea level. Champawat has a wide variety of fauna and flora. Teak, Babool, Eucalyptus Sagon and Jamun are some of the important trees found in the district.

Sightseeing

Baleshwar Temple:

Baleshwar temple was built by the rulers of Chand Dynasty in the 16th century. The deity of the Baleshwar temple is Lord Shiva. Baleshwar Temple is one of the most artistic temples of Kumaon region with innovative and precise stone carving work.

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula:

It is a beautifully carved work on stone. Ek Hathiya ka Naula is situated 5 km. from Champawat and as per legend, was constructed in just one night by a one Devi a fam among handed artisan.

Kranteshwar Mahadev:

This sacred shrine is situated perched on the top of a hill to the east of Champawat. This place is also known as Kurmapad or Kandev.

Patal Rudreshwar:

It is believed that Lord Shiva used is as to meditate at this peaceful cave. The cave has a length of approximately 40 m and width of 18 m.

Meetha Reetha Sahib:

Situated 72 km from Champawat, Reetha Sahib is an important Sikh pilgrim centre. The Gurudwara is situated at the confluence of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers, at near village Deyuri. There are trees of Reetha (Sapindus Emarginatus) in the premises.

Lohaghat:

Lohaghat is a popular destination in the Kumaon region situated 13 km from Champawat at an elevation of 1745 m above sea level. Lohaghat holds great historical and mythological importance. During summers the area is covered with ‘Burans’ Rhododendron, the state flower of Uttarakhand.

Excursions

Devidhura:

It is situated 45 km from Champawat. There is a famous Varahi temple here which holds great importance amongst the locals. Devidhura is also an adventure site for trekking. ‘Temple Tiger’ the tale of famous Jim Corbett is associated with Devidhura temples also.

Shyamlatal:

Is a beautiful lake situated 56 km from Champawat at an elevation of 1500 m above sea level. There is a Swami Vivekananda Ashram on the banks of this emerald lake. The lake is spread over an area of 1.5 sq km. The famous Jhula Fair of Kumaon region is held at this place.

Abbott Mount:

Situated at an elevation of 2018 m, Abbott Mount offers a peaceful and picturesque environment. Abbott Mount remains covered with sheets of snow during winters. The enchanting snow-clad Himalayan peaks can be seen from Abbott Mount, 21 km from Champawat .

Where to Stay

Besides the tourist rest house (KMVN) there are many hotels and lodges to suit every budget.

For more information, please visit – www.kmvn.gov.in & www.uttarakhandtourism.gov.in

Getting there

By Train: The nearest railhead to Champawat is Tanakpur, situated at a distance of 60 km.

By Road: Champawat is well connected by motorable roads to major destinations of Uttarakhand.